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Featured Cacher For February 2008 - Cherokeecacher

Cherokeecacher of Spring, TX.
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What got you interested in caching?
Cherokeecacher: About six years back when I was working for a local sports team, a season ticket holder knew I was into outdoor activities and told me about this “new activity” using GPS to locate items hidden by other players. I looked into it and immediately knew I would like it. Fast forward 2 years…. This awesome girl I knew way back in college (nope, we did not date in college) comes back into my life after 13 years... (Finally a girl comes into my life that enjoys the outdoors AND can take my “stuff”) so we started mountain biking and hanging out together. With both of us enjoying the outdoors, I told Michelle about Geocaching. She seemed interested, so I asked for a GPS for Christmas and on December 25th I/we got a GPS.
Another thing happened that year; Michelle and I started a new tradition. We decided we would go camping for New Year’s Eve. We went to Double Lake Recreation Area where we did some caching and some Mountain biking.
We continued caching throughout the year and ultimately went to our first Texas Challenge. After the intense dip into the social side of caching there, we decided to go ahead and invite the Geocaching community to share our camping for New Year’s Eve tradition and the “Safe from the City” event was born. I believe that Snoogans threatened us with “severe consequences” if we didn’t make it an annual event.

How did you decide on your caching name?
Cherokeecacher: Cherokeecacher: Back in 2004 I was not sure if Michelle was going to enjoy caching, so I did not think real hard about a fancy “team” name… I am Cherokee… I am a cacher so it was an easy choice.
Scott…yer CRAZY: When the planning was going on for TC07, I was talking to TxSexy about her and Jeff helping Michelle and me with the cooking for a Pancake Breakfast for ALL attendees. Jeff yelled in the background, “Scott…yer CRAZY” and it kinda stuck.
ChrerokeePrincess: This is a total play on words and I had to ask for Scott’s dad’s permission to use it. There really is no such thing as a “CherokeePrincess”, but that is another history lesson for another time.

When you cache, what equipment do you use? (PDA, Garmin, Magellan, software)
Cherokeecacher: It really depends. If we are road tripping while caching, we use a laptop with Microsoft Streets & Trips connected to our “yellow” eTrex. For the “out of car” part of the cache trip we both have Garmin GPSMAP60csx. We also have One Vista and one Legend. If you’re counting, that’s 5 GPSrs for 2 people. We also used to have a Magellan Gold, but we traded it to Team Skammer for a TV.

What are your all-time favorite cache(s)?
Cherokeecacher: We have enjoyed many caches over the years but I guess a few jump to the top of the list. Four Cache Loop, The Enchanted Rock Challenge (Terra Cache) we were FTF!!!, A Love Like Ours by Babslover (GCCB86) was our first so it makes the list. We did DUCK! by Yawningdog's Pack (GCGAX2) in Wisconsin, just because the story on the cache page was too funny. Plumbers dream by Glassman (GCE51E) in Oklahoma just because the cache name was too funny. Michelle was on the cell phone with me when I did Mission 9: Tunnel of Light by Project APE (maintained by Moun10Bike) (GC1169) last year while I was in Seattle.

Do you have any special caching adventures you want to tell us about?
Cherokeecacher: It was a quiet Thursday evening. Michelle and I were supposed to be headed to Cedar Hill State Park to scout it out for the SE Texas Team for TC05 Friday after Michelle got off work. I checked the weather and trail reports. The reports all said wet and trails were closed. We ended up going to Enchanted Rock Friday morning after Michelle called in sick, for FTF on Enchanted Rock Challenge.
We finally left Houston at about 2:00pm for E-Rock after having to do some last minute shopping for our “new” destination. We arrived at the park just as the sun was going down and set up camp.
We set out for the first waypoint after dark. Michelle fell into the creek and broke her “Bosun’s Cane” but we found the coordinates to the second waypoint so we were on our way.
Early the next morning we set out to conquer all the peaks in the park. The cache placer predicted we would travel approximately 8 miles to complete the cache. Michelle was wearing a pedometer to see how far we would really go. I think we made a few wrong turns because by the time we got to the final stage we had walked 14 miles. By the way, if you are ever trying to reach “Flag Pole” there is no actual trail. Stop looking for it, trust your instincts and bushwhack your way to the top!
It took us all day to reach all of the caches, so when we got to the final stage that weekend we were sure that someone would have beat us to it. We were both surprised and relieved to be the first ones there. Back then we thought it would be our only FTF but this Christmas break we went out with Skammer and conquered “A Long Walk in the Woods” and were co-FTF on it too.

Have any "Most embarrassing Geo-moment" you would like to share? Details please!
Cherokeecacher: During one of the stages of the E-Rock Challenge, Michelle startled a young couple in a “compromising” position on top of Buzzards Roost. he he he...

What is your favorite type of cache (traditional, multi, puzzle) and why?
Cherokeecacher: Event Caches are probably our favorite type. We enjoy attending and hosting these because it gives us a chance to socialize with people that have a common interest.
We also enjoy caches that require a “long walk”. Some might even call them hikes. We like to believe the longer the walk the better the adventure.

Summer or Winter caching? Why?
Cherokeecacher: Houston has a Winter? I do prefer cooler weather. I am not saying Michelle enjoys HOT weather but warmer more than cooler.

When a new cache is listed, are you tempted to go for FTF?
Cherokeecacher: We gave up on that race 3+ years ago.

Tell us about your cache mobile.
Cherokeecacher: We usually go in Michelle’s car, a 2003 Toyota Matrix. You would be surprised how much stuff you can get into the back of it. I remember startling Geekqualizer the first time we went camping together. We just kept pulling equipment out of the car, and he kept repeating “How much stuff did y’all get in there?”

What other hobbies do you have?
Cherokeecacher: We enjoy a variety of things. Mountain Biking, Kayaking and Michelle enjoys beading and making jewelry.

Do you currently have any caching goals that you are working towards?
Cherokeecacher: YES. Team Skammer, Geekqualizer and a few others will be happy to hear we are trying to remember to log our finds. We still intend to do Four Cache Loop at night and continue meeting wonderful people while having fun with this activity.

Is it all about the numbers?
Cherokeecacher: Absolutely! Without the numbers, you cannot find the cache. Aren’t the coordinates made out of numbers? Funny story….. A cacher once overheard Michelle talking with another cacher and heard Michelle say, ""We rarely remember to log our caches.” The cacher listening to the conversation asked Michelle, “How do you measure yourselves against other cachers?” I cannot remember Michelle’s actual response, but she later told me she REALLY wanted to reply with…”By height of course!”

Thanks for this interview. Is there anything you would like to add?
Cherokeecacher: Michelle and I would like to thank everyone in the Geocaching community for “keeping it real”. This continues to be one of our favorite communities.